Here's Where 2016's Delegate Counts Stand
Trump, Clinton both creep closer to securing their party's nomination
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2016 12:57 PM CDT
People assemble at a Republican caucus site Tuesday in Salt Lake City.   (John Locher)
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(Newser) – Tuesday was another big day in the Election 2016 slog, with both the remaining Republican and Democratic candidates amassing more of the coveted delegates they need to secure a nomination for their respective parties. On the GOP side, Donald Trump won 59% of the delegates that were up for grabs in Tuesday's contests in Arizona and Utah, boosting his total number of delegates to 739, the AP reports. If he keeps up that pace, he'll be able to clinch the Republican nomination for president before the party's national convention this summer—he needs to win 54% of the remaining delegates to reach the magic number of 1,237, which is how many it takes to secure the GOP nomination. Trump's closest rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, who currently has a total of 465 delegates, would need to win 83% of the remaining delegates, a nearly impossible task. John Kasich brings up the rear with 143 delegates. The next GOP primary is April 5 in Wisconsin, with 42 delegates at stake.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is closing in on collecting three-quarters of the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. Bernie Sanders netted more than a dozen delegates after splitting the latest contests with Clinton, but still trails significantly. A total of 131 delegates were at stake Tuesday for the two Dems, and Sanders picked up at least 67, having won big in Idaho and Utah. Clinton will gain at least 51 in Arizona. Thirteen delegates remain to be allocated from Tuesday, pending final tallies. Still, Clinton leads Sanders 1,214 to 911. Clinton's lead is even bigger when including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate they wish. She now has 1,681, or 71% of what she needs to clinch the nomination. Sanders has 937. (Some Democrats want Sanders to wrap things up.)
 

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